Showing posts with label Philippines. Show all posts
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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Enjoy the Beach and Off with the Heat, 10 Best Beaches to Visit in the Philippines

10:24:00 AM

If you're from the Philippines you've already known that there are 7,641 known islands in the country. 
Contrary from its previous information of 7,100 high tide and 7,107 low tide. 

The Philippines is a tropical paradise with some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. With its number of islands, it can be challenging to choose where to go. So, to make it easier for you, we've compiled a list of the 10 best beaches in the Philippines. Take note that this is our compiled list based from experience, stories from friends, and of course from others who have experienced it. Also we added a few tips and tricks to get there in a more convenient but affordable way, hopefully it's cheaper.

So, let's begin with our list.   

1. Boracay Island, Aklan - Boracay Island is known for its pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. The best areas to stay in Boracay are Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3, which offer a variety of accommodations, including luxury hotels, budget hostels, and private villas. To get to Boracay, fly to either Kalibo or Caticlan, and then take a ferry or a pump boat to the island.

2. El Nido, Palawan - El Nido is a paradise on earth, with towering limestone cliffs, hidden lagoons, and clear waters. The best areas to stay in El Nido are Corong-Corong and Lio Beach, which offer a range of accommodations from budget-friendly hostels to luxury resorts. To get to El Nido, fly to Puerto Princesa, and then take a bus or a van to El Nido.

3. Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte - Siargao Island is known for its world-class waves, white sand beaches, and laid-back atmosphere. The best areas to stay in Siargao are General Luna and Cloud 9, which offer a variety of accommodations, including surf resorts, budget hostels, and private villas. To get to Siargao, fly to either Sayak Airport or Surigao City, and then take a ferry or a van to Siargao.

4. Coron Island, Palawan - Coron Island is known for its crystal-clear lakes, WWII shipwrecks, and stunning beaches. The best areas to stay in Coron are Coron Town and Busuanga Island, which offer a variety of accommodations, including budget-friendly guesthouses and luxury resorts. To get to Coron,
fly to Busuanga, and then take a van or a boat to Coron.

5. Panglao Island, Bohol - Panglao Island is home to some of the best beaches in Bohol, with white sand, crystal-clear waters, and excellent snorkeling spots. The best areas to stay in Panglao are Alona Beach and Dumaluan Beach, which offer a range of accommodations, including budget-friendly guesthouses and luxury resorts. To get to Panglao, fly to Tagbilaran, and then take a tricycle or a van to Panglao.

6. Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte - Calaguas Island boasts powdery white sand, crystal-clear waters, and a laid-back atmosphere. The best area to stay in Calaguas is Mahabang Buhangin Beach, which offers budget-friendly camping tents and cottages. To get to Calaguas, take a bus from Manila or Naga to Paracale, and then take a boat to Calaguas.

7. Bantayan Island, Cebu - Bantayan Island is a quiet paradise with pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. The best area to stay in Bantayan is Santa Fe, which offers a range of accommodations, including budget-friendly guesthouses and luxury resorts. To get to Bantayan, fly to Cebu City, and then take a bus or a van to Hagnaya Port. From there, take a ferry to Bantayan Island.

8. Malapascua Island, Cebu - Malapascua Island is famous for its thresher shark diving and white sand beaches. The best area to stay in Malapascua is Bounty Beach, which offers budget-friendly guesthouses and dive resorts. To get to Malapascua, fly to Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and then take a taxi or a private car to Maya Port. From there, take a ferry or a pump boat to Malapascua Island. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cebu City to Maya Port, but the journey can take up to 4-5 hours.

9. Camiguin Island, Northern Mindanao - Camiguin Island is known for its stunning beaches, hot springs, and waterfalls. The best areas to stay in Camiguin are Mambajao and Yumbing, which offer a range of accommodations, including budget-friendly guesthouses and beach resorts. To get to Camiguin, fly to either Cagayan de Oro or Butuan City, and then take a bus or a van to Balingoan Port. From there, take a ferry to Camiguin Island.

10. Caramoan Island, Camarines Sur - Caramoan Island is a hidden gem in Camarines Sur, with white sand beaches and limestone cliffs. The best area to stay in Caramoan is Paniman Beach, which offers a variety of accommodations, including budget-friendly guesthouses and beach resorts. To get to Caramoan, take a bus or a van from Manila or Legazpi to Sabang Port. From there, take a boat to Caramoan Island.

In terms of getting to these islands, the most convenient and affordable way is to fly to the nearest airport and take public transportation to the port where you can catch a ferry or a boat to the island. Alternatively, you can also hire a private car or van to take you directly to the port. 

Another tip to save on your travels is to plan your activities and book your flights at least a month before your travel. You can save much on air travel costs. 

To save on accommodation costs, consider staying in budget-friendly guesthouses or hostels, or opt for camping if available. It's also a good idea to book your accommodations in advance to secure your preferred room type and avoid last-minute price hikes.

Overall, these 10 beaches offer a range of experiences for travelers looking for relaxation, adventure, and natural beauty. Of course, you'll have to do your own planning and research so you can easily get to these destinations and enjoy a memorable vacation without breaking the bank. We've just listed down this beaches for you to check out and when that time comes enjoy!

Sunday, April 10, 2022

The Philippine Style Tech-voc Encourages not only Local but Foreign Students to Enroll in the Philippines.

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Education is always the driving factor of an individual, for individuals who want to be skilled, Tech-Voc education is the answer. That is why in the Philippines, Technical-vocational education is encouraged by private TVET institutions to have it professionally accredited and issue a proper licensing. A call to action to review the trifocal system of education in the country. More importantly, the need for tech-voc instructors with expertise are the ones qualified to train our future skilled professionals making way for the Philippines to be recognized as a globally competitive tech-voc school in Asia.

If our technical-vocational institutes (TVI) are managed and monitored well, they will be able to produce world-class and skilled graduates who can compete strongly against our neighboring countries. Tech-voc graduates fill an important role in different industries in the country and overseas. And if our tech-voc graduates become job-ready and globally competitive, they could contribute a lot to the national income and economy. One industry that is in dire need of skills and various technical knowhow is the service industry, and we are talking worldwide here, what a big void to fill!

Highly-industrialized countries like Japan, Singapore, and Korea have made necessary advancements in their educational system, focusing on academic excellence and technology innovation. These progressive countries teach their citizens to become productive, income-generating and contribute to the national coffers. They put emphasis on the quality of products and service and really invested in technical training. These countries believe in the strength of their manpower and their role in the national economy.

Tony Galvez an expert in the technical and vocational education and training industry in the country once said: “Philippine TVET ang pag-asa para sa kinabukasan ng mamamayan at ng bayan, kung maayos at maganda ang programa.” Noted for his strong advocacy of technical vocational professionalism for global competitiveness in the Philippines, Galvez also said: “Magagawa nating umangat at umasenso ang pamumuhay ng ating mahihirap na kababayan kung mabibigyan natin sila ng kahalagahan at maiaayos ang posisyon ng technical vocational education and training ng bansa. Hindi lang ang hangarin ay upang maging isang simpleng manggagawa. Kung hindi, tulungan natin silang linangin bilang mga tunay na eksperto sa iba’t-ibang larangan ng industriya upang ang lahat ay maging kapaki-pakinabang at mapabilang sa pandaigdigang kompetisyon na makapagpapalago ng ating ekonomiya.”
v It is therefore time to put an end in the fairy tale that a four-year course is the only avenue to attaining a decent lifestyle. The technical field is very, very wide, uncharted and not yet competitive, which is a far cry from the competitive, dog-eat-dog corporate world.

A Need for Framework Revision

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, CEO of Ayala Corporation, one of the country’s top corporations and a staunch advocate for the importance of technical skills in our society, once expressed that a vocational or technical degree should be given a prominent position in our country’s educational framework. The curriculum should be wider and the accreditation status should be improved significantly so that it will produce young graduates with specific skills that match the market needs.

In the Philippines, the two main agencies tasked in providing basic education in the country are DepEd or Department of Education for the academics and TESDA which stands for Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, which is mandated to provide direction, policies, programs and standards towards quality technical education and skills development. The two bodies should complement each other so that there will be no overlapping of roles that could create conflicts in the implementation of their programs. However, it seems that the curriculum from these two bodies have created some challenges for both of them. Eversince K-12 curriculum has been implemented, DepEd has gotten some resources from TESDA because the tech-voc curriculum should be handled by experts in the technical field and not by a regular teacher. So this phenomena, which was unseen as the would-be effect of the K-12, needs to be resolved.

During the recent Sonshine Media Network International [SMNI] News presidential debates, University of the Philippines professor, Clarita Carlos remarked: “Education is so pivotal to the life of the nation. Why in heaven’s name did we divide our education system into DepEd, K-12 and ChEd? At kung bobo ka diyan ka na lang sa tech voc. There’s something so brainless about those divisions.”

Even Governor Gwendolyn Garcia of Cebu appealed to DepEd and TESDA to focus on their respective mandates. She stated that the Department of Education should focus on basic education and in the students’ academic performances and TESDA can take care of the technical skills.

Give TESDA Free Rein 

TESDA should be given complete responsibility by the government for technical and vocational training, a separate agency from DOLE, DTI and DepEd. However, TESDA needs to go beyond providing instructions and training. Skills assessment should be thorough and must meet globally-competitive criteria. And lastly, granting professional license to successful graduates would give them the recognition that would elevate their status from merely a tech-voc graduate into a professional practitioner of their chosen skill. Possessing a license gives graduates a sense of pride and achievement. Licensing should be the goal that each tech-voc graduate must aim for because acquiring a license would give them a right to demand a higher salary and compensation for their services. And most of all, they can be at par with the technical graduates of progressive countries. The licensure tests “is the final ‘quality control’ check before tech-voc graduates are allowed to practice a profession which depends on the lives of people or safety of buildings like carpenters, cosmetology and culinary graduates among many other serviceoriented fields

Licensure examination is but one wheel in the big cog of Philippine Qualifications Framework. The said framework supposedly sets multiple criteria that measures quality assurance principles and standards of the Filipino professional, technician and craftsman.

Performing this mandate would mean for TESDA to do a much needed review of their services and offers. What could TESDA offer to their future enrollees to attract more of them in the future and in order for TESDA to be an effective arm of the government for manpower development?

Reshaping Tech-Voc 

It is proposed that the tech-voc curriculum be two tracks: meaning the courses offered will be either service oriented or product oriented. These two classifications will serve different purposes and will be monitored differently as well.

Product-oriented tracks are designed in order to alleviate poverty and provide incomegenerating projects to barangay folks like stay-at-home moms, out-of-school youths, drug dependents, seniors/retirees, jobless folks, and surrenderees. Some of these productoriented tracks are called cottage industries and can be done in the backyard or in a factory for SME. Some of these are:

The training package for this track must include:

Salesmanship/Entrepreneurship, managerial, marketing and bookkeeping. These livelihood trainings are best for barangays and provincial training through Barangay Kasanayan para sa kabuhayan at kapayapaan (BKKK) set by TESDA. TESDA will also provide for the necessary tools and materials as well as equipment for this skill training.

The Service Oriented Sector/Industry are the following:

The above mentioned are all professional tracks and require a high school diploma as a basic requirement. Tech-voc service-oriented profession is not just a simple trade and all service-oriented tracks will be identified by specific specialization based on the industry qualification.

President Rodrigo expressed in one of his speeches, “Kaya ang Build, Build, Build, medyo atrasado ng konti. Walang trabahante. We are lacking in experts like in carpentry, in welding and other technical skills. We have a lot of jobless because they are not qualified even in vocational, especially construction.”

As of now, joblessness and lack of experts in vocational and technical skills is really a big concern, but if TESDA will be given free rein, TESDA can perform its main mandate faster and more efficiently.

In the COVID-19 recovery phase, there are opportunities for smart investment in tech-voc education and training to “build back better” programs and systems. Tech-voc may be able to cater to students who dropped out during school closures and reskilling or upskilling those who have become unemployed. Tech-voc can also facilitate the development of skills necessary for the adjustment to structural changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continued focus on ensuring acquisition and development of foundational cognitive and socioemotional skills, such as empathy and resilience, which have become increasingly valued in the current circumstances, will improve employability and other human development outcomes for tech-voc students. Moreover, investment in learning technology and digital skills of tech-voc instructors and students can ensure lifelong access to learning opportunities and future workforce adaptability.

To conclude, if our TVETs follow global standards and are just competitive with that of our Asian neighbors, there will be fewer OFWs because TVET graduates can establish their own businesses and can get better paying jobs locally.

TESDA should be independent from other government agencies in terms of providing technical-vocational training and education. However, other agencies can complement because agencies like DepEd, help in the basic education of children, while DOLE and DTI give assistance in the employment and livelihood programs respectively.

Good, high-paying jobs await qualified tech-voc grads. If only they’re given proper incentives, multisectoral support and a supportive policy environment, the tech-voc track can also be a viable alternative for young Filipinos who wish to lead productive lives.

We may still have a long way toward strengthening our tech-voc ecosystem in the country, but with a little help and support from the government, industry and academe, we are making crucial inroads that lay the foundation for the future. As we promote techvoc to the youth to undergo tech-voc training, we hope that tech-voc professionalism and licensing will soon be implemented as well.

And hopefully in the coming years and decades, the state of tech-voc education in the Philippines would further be improved so that when we ask Filipino children what they want to be when they grow up, we hope many of them will also answer that they would want to take the tech-voc path and become a carpenter, a forklift driver or a farming technician. And by then, these children would no longer be laughed at nor looked down with the career choices they’ve made.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Philippine Hotels Are Now Ready for Global Market, Assured by ADB-Canada

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Kwento Ni Toto shares great news for the Philippine tourism industry as hotels and resorts in key island destinations in the Philippines are now ready to compete in the global marketplace and that is according to the initial findings of a team of International Accommodation Assessors (IAAs) who joined the Department of Tourism (DOT) in conducting a national review of accommodation standards last month. This is one great leap for the local resorts and hotels.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Axe Philippines, 20,000+ Filipinos Signed Up For Space

9:22:00 PM

Here's an update about Axe Philippines aim to send one Filipino on Space.  Axe Philippines already released the number of Filipinos who signed up to be the first ever Filipino in space and it's still counting.  It was over 20,000 Filipinos have signed up for a chance to win a trip to actual space with hundreds more signing up every day for AXE Philippines’ search for the first Filipino astronaut.

“Over half a million people from all over the world have joined AXE’s space program with the Philippines among the top countries to join at No. 5 – next to the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, and France,” reports AXE Brand Manager Gem Laforteza. “I think that’s mainly because this is a big first for our country.” The Philippines is the only Asian country in the list thus far with Russia, Canada, Brazil, Portugal, and Spain completing the Top 10.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Last Day of the 3rd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2012

7:00:00 PM
March 17, it was the last day of the jam-packed 3rd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition event in SM Mall of Asia.  It's the last presentation of fireworks from Italy and from the Philippines.  Also, this is the announcement of the winners of the pyromusical competition.

Gladly I was able to cover this event and had time to be there, though it was really rough going at SM Mall of Asia because of the heavy traffic caused by vast number of viewers and expectators.   Well, perhaps because it is the last day of the pyromusical and it's almost vacation time already and most students are now free to enjoy the vacation.  Good that I got there just in time.

The last competitor for the competition was Italy with its Orzella Fireworks S.R.I., it is founded in 1884 and they are proud of its family tradition on the art of fireworks which has been handed down from generation to generation.  They are also the co-organizer of the Caput Lucis Fireworks Competition.

Of course the whole competition would not be complete without the presentation of the Philippines though it was only an exhibition from Platinum Fireworks, Inc.  They are the organizer and co-producer of this international event.   Platinum Fireworks, Inc. has brought pride to the Philippines by placing 2nd Runner Up at the 2009 and 2010 Macau International Fireworks Display Contest and winning the 2011 Globalfest Pyromusical Competition held in Calgary, Canada.

They will be once again representing the Philippines in this year's Globalfest 2012.  The Grand Finale also include a Special Pyromusical Segment from Close Up, the confidence to get closer!

Though there came up with a technical problem the presentation was able to move on and finish the night with a Big Bang!

Here are some of the pictures as well...












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